Kermadec Red-fronted Parakeets

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The Kermadec Red-fronted Parakeets (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae cyanurus) are endemic to Kermadec Islands of Macauley, Curtis, Meyer, Napier, Dayrell and Chanter. Formerly, they were also found on Raoul Island, which is the largest and northernmost of the Kermadec Islands located in the South Pacific Ocean.

 

Description

They resemble the Red-fronted Kakariki aka Red-crowned Parakeets, except at 29 cm or 11.5 inches they are slightly larger. Their plumage is much less yellowish, particularly to the breast and abdomen. The flight feathers are a deeper blue. The tail upperside is blue-green.

 

Behavior

They are usually observed in pairs or small groups in treetops or on outer branches of bushes outside the breeding season. Pairs may remain alone throughout year, but these parakeets usually form small flocks.

They often forage on or near the ground. They gather at springs and water holes on islands with limited water supply to drink and bathe. Occasionally flocks fly to neighboring islands to forage.

They are fairly approachable.

 

Captive Breeding, Housing and Care

 

Diet / Feeding

They feed on leaves, buds, flowers, shoots, seeds, fruit, berries, nuts and other parts of plants.

They also eat insects and animal remains. On islands and In coastal areas, they forage on seaweed and mussels.

They also take up tiny stones, most likely to help with digestion.

 

Species Names

Species: Scientific: Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae cyanurus ... English: Kermadec Red-fronted Parakeet ... Dutch: Kermadec Roodvoorhoofdkakariki ... German: Kermadec Ziegensittich ... French: Perruche d'ile Kermadec ... CITES I - Protected Species

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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